An essential component in the child or adolescent's course of residential treatment is family therapy. While varied issues have typically contributed to the child's need for this intensive level of care, the family has always experienced impact associated with the child or adolescent's difficulties. Understanding and resolution of this impact must be part of the resident's and the family's healing process. Tailoring the pace and manner in which this portion of treatment occurs will be important for the therapist, family and team members to determine. Based on the family's distance from the facility, family therapy may be conducted on site, by telephone or by video-conferencing. In some instances, a local therapist working with a family member in the home community may participate in family therapy sessions with the resident's St. Joseph's therapist to provide better linkage with the family and to enhance the resident's transition to aftercare following discharge.
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